I haven’t even been able to break in the new stripe on my belt, because LBJJC was closed for Memorial Day, and now I’ve come down with some kind of sickness. I really want to train anyway, but I might be contagious, and I don’t want to be the kind of person who spreads nasty germs!
It seems as though people will sometimes train hard before a promotion, then they’ll take time off afterward, but for myself, being promoted actually makes me want to train even more. In the past, it was often because I didn’t feel like I deserved it, so I wanted to work harder to rise to the level where I thought I should be, but this time, I feel more encouraged about my progress since getting promoted, which has helped me believe that as long as I keep training, I will continue to improve (because it doesn’t always feel that way from day to day!).
During the promotion ceremony, The Professor talked about when he first started training Jiu-Jitsu, and obtaining a black belt seemed almost impossible, but he just kept training, and after about ten years, he made it. So, I did some math, and I figured out that it took me one year and two months to go from one to two stripes on my blue belt, which means that if I continue to progress at my current rate, and I’m lucky enough to suffer no injuries that require time off, it will likely take me at least thirteen more years from today to get to black belt (and I’ve already been grappling for six years, although only the last two have technically been BJJ).
I’m not training Jiu-Jitsu in hopes of getting a black belt one day (I already have one of those that I don’t want to wear!). I just love grappling, and honestly, being a BJJ black belt still seems like an impossibility to me, but one thing I’ve noticed since my recent promotion is that for the first time ever, I’m starting to doubt that I’ll be a blue belt for the rest of my life! Getting my second stripe has made purple belt seem like something I might actually be able to attain, and of course, it’ll probably be a few more years before I can get there, but I’ll just focus on improving, one class at a time, and try to not worry about it. Since I didn’t start grappling until I was forty, and I’m not a fast learner, I may never make it to black belt, but I’ll still keep rolling, as long as I can.
“Life rolls on, it’s passin’ by your eyes real fast, another 24, another day is passed.
We laugh at those who said we’d never last.” -Kottonmouth Kings